Bowl season is supposed to be an exciting end to the college football season. Matchups we’ve never seen, teams playing their hearts out for glory and a trophy, hilarious locations (Shreveport!) and sponsors (Bad Boy Mowers!), and so much more.
Gotta say though, so far I’ve been less than impressed. This year has been mostly predictable and meh in its outcomes.
Never fear though! This week has a good number of games that are intriguing at first glance, and promise great college football action! But which games are those?
Never fear again! Below, I’ve broken down every day of Bowl Week 2: Electric Boogaloo for you. I’ll preview the games you should watch, and because I’m such a nice guy, I’ll throw in the games you should maybe watch as well!
Two caveats to remember, as always: watch your team regardless of what I say, and all times are God’s time (CST). Onward we go!
- Armed Forces Bowl (Army vs. Houston, 2:30p, ESPN): Starting off with a bang! Army’s option attack is mesmerizing and feared. Their defense was good enough to hold OU in check. Will it be good enough to give Major Applewhite’s Houston squad fits? The answer is probably yes, which means this game will be good. In fact, I’d call it the most secretly great game this bowl season – potentially.
- Birmingham Bowl (Memphis vs. Wake Forest, 11a, ESPN): Hey, did you know the Alliance of American Football is going to start play this spring, the week after the Super Bowl? They’ve got some great athletes, and some of the games will be televised on NBC! The AAF’s Birmingham Iron will play their games at Legions Field, the very stadium where Memphis will probably sacrifice the Demon Deacons to the football gods this Saturday.
- Dollar General Bowl (Buffalo vs. Troy, 6p, ESPN)
- Hawaii Bowl (Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech, 9:30p, ESPN)
- First Responder Bowl (Boston College vs. Boise State, 12:30p, ESPN): Played in the historic and decrepit Cotton Bowl in Dallas, this game will be fun only because the Boise State Broncos are very good this year. I have zero faith that Boston College, who limped through an astoundingly weak ACC, will put up much resistance.
- Cheez-It Bowl (Cal vs. TCU, 8p, ESPN): Another one in the “really funny sponsors” category, in which two struggling programs meet in the middle of the Arizona desert. Sometimes bowl season produces great football games when two such programs meet. We will see.
- Quick Lane Bowl (Georgia Tech vs. Minnesota, 4:15p, ESPN)
- Pinstripe Bowl (Miami vs. Wisconsin, 4:15p, ESPN): Played in Yankee Stadium, which is such a dumb idea I can’t stand it! The entertainment level of this game depends largely on whether Miami gets some good breaks and shambles their way into making it close (yay), or whether Wisconsin plays their B1G brand of shutdown defense coupled with power running/short passing (boo).
- Texas Bowl (Baylor vs. Vanderbilt, 8p, ESPN): Easily overlooked, this matchup between two six-win teams is a great story waiting to happen. Baylor’s back from the brink after barely eking out one victory last year, and eternal struggle bus rider Vandy is trying to pick up their first bowl victory under coach Derek Mason.
- Independence Bowl (Duke vs. Temple, 12:30p, ESPN)
- Camping World Bowl (Syracuse vs. West Virginia, 4:15p, ESPN): Now we’re finally getting into games featuring two ranked teams! Cuse took advantage of the aforementioned weak ACC to win their way into a decent matchup with West Virginia, who just missed out on the Big 12 title. Lots of offense to be had here, methinks.
- Alamo Bowl (Iowa State vs. Washington State, 8p, ESPN): Every year the Alamo Bowl seems to produce really great football. I don’t know what it is. This year is no different. Like the Camping World Bowl, this matchup features an offensively-minded team on the verge of their weak conference’s championship game (Wazzu) playing a Big 12 title contender (ISU), and will probably have a lot of points.
- Music City Bowl (Auburn vs. Purdue, 12:30p, ESPN): Tyler Trent, a Purdue student battling bone cancer, has been a motivator for this Boilermakers squad even before he predicted their upset of Ohio State on College Gameday this year. Only Auburn stands in the way of an incredible ending to a great Purdue season. I can’t help it: win it for Tyler, Boilers.